According to Wikipedia, the definition of the American Dream is:
“ A national ethos of the United States’ a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work. In the definition of the American Dream, by James Truslow Adams in 1931, ‘life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement’ regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.
The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that “all men are created equal” and that they are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
How does Obama’s ideals change that? Yesterday Obama said that he would extend the Bush tax cuts only for those that earn less than $250,000 a year. With Obama’s promise to veto anything else, a person who sets out to do what it takes to achieve the American Dream, with his own blood, sweat and tears, can only expect to be penalized for accomplishing it! Are WeThePeople so altruistic that we would sacrifice our family time, our recreational time, and those things that actually make life worth living in order to provide for those that don’t set out to do anything of the sort?
The book The 5000 Year Leap, tells the story of how British funds were given to a group of migrants in order to set up a socialistic society in America. The problem was when that society was establishing itself, the situation arose that all things being equally distributed, that one neighbor would rise early to do his fair share toward contributing while another might decide it too grueling to do so. With this being a relatively small community of establishers, it became evident that those that were doing their fair share and those that weren’t were going to share starvation rather than share the bounty that could be.
If it weren’t for the leadership that saw the potential threat and thwarted it by portioning a plot of land to each family and making that family responsible for its own success or failure, we would not be here to find ourselves in the same position now, how be it on a greater scale, as they were faced with then. By setting up a system whereby each neighbor was held accountable to themselves for themselves was ‘society’ being cruel as Obama and HarryPelosi would like you to believe? History shows to the contrary. ( A side question to this story might be, what was in it for those that financed this socialistic endeavor?)
Given the freedom (and responsibility) to achieve the American Dream for themselves and their posterity, America’s successes have not only brought prosperity to themselves, but lead to the greatest innovations in the shortest amount of time that the world has ever known, benefiting all mankind.
Obama, and other ‘progressives’ talk about moving us forward, but are attempting instead, to take us back to the time when our founders had to make the decision to allow citizens to succeed or fail according to their own will. The saying that a rising tide raises all boats has been used a lot lately. The same could be said about a tide that doesn’t rise, but recedes. Are we going to be lead back to a time where innovation is halted and starvation the norm?
And what about the American Dream?
I would be willing to bet that the same ‘middle class’ that Obama is trying to speak to is wise enough to understand that the measures that he is taking in essence can kill their own dreams by setting forth measures that would redistribute the outcome of any effort and sacrifice in the same way that it seeks to punish those that have achieved a greater measure of their American Dream already?
What Obama is saying is that those that pursue the American Dream somehow earn the right to have the proceeds of their efforts confiscated and redistributed to those that feel that they are owed the same portion of the American Dream that others earn simply by existing.
Just like those at Plymouth Rock, we will starve together, or we will prosper together according to the freedoms we are given to seek our individual American Dream.
….or are we going to allow the Obamanation to kill it?